Mark Curtis, WVNS 59News

Mark Curtis

WVNS 59News

Charleston, WV, United States

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Recent articles by Mark:

Labor Day, the traditional fall campaign kick-off, looks different in 2020

For the past 82 years, the United Mine Workers of America sponsored a labor rally and picnic at Slack Park in Racine, that hundreds attended along with many political candidates. But like many things, it's is being held virtually this year due to COVID-19. Candidates are stumping online, or finding other unique ways to campaign. → Read More

Big concerns about whether West Virginia has enough broadband for students

As the school year approaches, many students will be taking some, or all, of their classes online. → Read More

Former VA hospital employee charged with murdering patients at Clarksburg medical center

UPDATE 12:20 p.m. 7/14/2020: U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) has released a statement regarding the charges against former Clarksburg VA Hospital employee Reta Mays: “Our veterans should always feel safe and cared for at our VA hospitals. Period. The situation at the Clarksburg VA was sickening and deeply troubling. It […] → Read More

Coronavirus in West Virginia: Stay-at-home order will end Monday

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WOWK) — Governor Jim Justice says that his mandatory stay-at-home order will Monday. It will be replaced by a new program known as safer-at-home. It will encourage people to voluntarily stay home, or work remotely. But the governor wants people to be able to move about with businesses such as outdoor restaurants […] → Read More

Second wrongful death civil lawsuit filed in case of the suspicious death of veterans

CLARKSBURG, WV (WOWK) – The second wrongful death civil lawsuit has been filed concerning the 12 suspicious deaths of veterans at the VA Medical Center in Clarksburg. In most of these cases, the patients were given a fatal dose of insulin even though they were not diabetic. The U.S. Attorney’s office for the Northern District […] → Read More

Death toll rises in Clarksburg VA Hospital investigation, new details on ‘person of interest’

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — It has been nearly three years since the first suspicious death of a U.S. military veteran at the VA Hospital in Clarksburg. For the last several months the death count stood at 11, but that has changed again. “I’ve actually got contacted by another lawyer, just two days ago, with a […] → Read More

Service member at WV’s Camp Dawson may have been exposed to Coronavirus

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia National Guard is taking precautionary measures after a person assigned to the WVNG who was training at Camp Dawson, in Preston County may have had direct contact with a co-worker, at an out-of-state civilian job, who has been diagnosed with Coronavirus, according to a news release. Despite this announcement, […] → Read More

“Person of Interest” identified in VA Clarksburg suspicious deaths

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WOWK) — “Good afternoon, it’s 13 News. We’re looking for Reta Mays, is she home?” we asked while knocking on her door. For the past several months we have confirmed through multiple sources, that the “person of interest” in the suspicious deaths inside the Clarksburg VA Medical Center is a woman by […] → Read More

Trial begins for woman accused of accidentally suffocating her daughter

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — On November 7, 2015, dispatchers received a call that a five-month-old baby girl was unconscious. That baby was Gracelynn Bennett and she would later be pronounced dead. Ariel Bennett is standing trial for her daughter’s death, more than four years later. She allegedly rolled over her daughter and suffocated her, in […] → Read More

WV House approves Bible course elective for high schools

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — “The message that will be heard is, only Christians are welcome in West Virginia,” said Del. John Doyle, (D) Jefferson. “It was the Bible that influenced our country more than any other book,” said Del. Tom Fast, (R) Fayette. After a sometimes heated debate, the WV House of Delegates voted to […] → Read More

West Virginia foster care reform bill moves ahead to State Senate

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — There are currently 7,000 children in West Virginia foster care, and the number has been growing rapidly. Much of the problem stems from the opioid crisis with grandparents and other relatives raising the grandkids. The new bill would raise the family subsidy per foster child to $900 a month. Kids being […] → Read More

WV Senate looking at some tax cuts and some tax increases

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – West Virginia’s State Senate will consider a plan that could greatly alter the tax funding of the Mountain State. Up for debate now is a bill to eliminate the state’s Business Inventory and Equipment Tax. The funding would be replaced by a half-penny increase in the state sales tax to six-and-a-half […] → Read More

Governor and Coach Justice apologizes for his remarks after rivalry game

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — Governor Jim Justice said he is sorry if he offended anyone by calling some high school basketball players “thugs” this week. Justice, who coaches the Greenbrier East High School girls team, made the comments after a tense game Tuesday night against Woodrow Wilson High School. “If I’ve offended anyone by what […] → Read More

Democrats and Republicans spar over progress at West Virginia Capitol

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WOWK) — Some Democrats in the State House are taking issue with the speed – or lack of – for bills moving through the legislature. They are calling for final action on foster care reform, dealing with homelessness, drug prevention and poverty. The annual 60-day session is nearly half-over. “So we feel […] → Read More

Federal Grand Jury Seated in VA Clarksburg Deaths

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — “This is one of the worst crimes I’ve ever heard of,” said State Sen. William Ihlenfeld, (D) Ohio. State Senator William Ihlenfeld is the former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia. He welcomes the federal grand jury investigation into 11 suspicious deaths of veterans at the VA Medical […] → Read More

Details of another VA autopsy show suspicious pattern

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) — The latest autopsy in the suspicious deaths at the VA Hospital in Clarksburg is shocking in its precise similarity to most of the other cases. The victim’s family does not wish to named publicly, but authorized their attorney to release details on the 89-year old U-S Army Veteran we will call […] → Read More

Debate over legal adult-use cannabis in West Virginia

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WOWK) — Pro-legal marijuana forces in the House of Delegates are trying to pass a bill to allow recreational marijuana use by people age 21 and over, and also decriminalize possession of small amounts of pot. But an effort to get the bill out of committee for a full vote on the […] → Read More

It’s the year to celebrate the nurse or midwife in your life

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — The Pioneer of Nursing, Florence Nightingale, once said, “Let us never consider ourselves finished nurse. We must be learning all of our lives.” Our nurses today are following in her foot steps, learning every day. Angela Rivera is the chief nursing officer at Beckley Applachian Regional Hospital. She said nursing still […] → Read More

2019: A busy year for West Virginia lawmakers

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WOWK) – 2019 began with an optimistic State of the State Address from Governor Jim Justice. The state was suddenly having a rare budget surplus, and he promised another 5-percent pay raise for all state employees, including teachers. But teachers went on strike again anyway, because included in the massive education reform bill […] → Read More

December 31 marks last day of split hunting season for deer and bear

BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) – Tuesday, December 31, 2019 marked the last day of slit hunting seasons for deer and bear. After December 31, people can no longer hunt antler-less deer with a bow, or crossbow. It is also the final day bears can be hunted with guns. If you still want to hit the hunting […] → Read More